Former Dark Tranquillity Guitarist Fredrik Johansson Passes Away

Fredrik Johansson (ex-Dark Tranquillity) has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. The guitarist was only 47 years old.

Dark Tranquillity frontman Mikael Stanne issued the following statement:

“One of us is gone.

Fredrik Johansson passed away on January 25th after a three-year long battle with cancer.

He joined Dark Tranquillity in ’93, right after the recording of our first album “Skydancer”. He replaced me as guitarist so that I could focus on singing, and with that he raised the bar and set the course for what we could do and wanted to be. His influence and passion had an absolutely massive impact. The first song that we wrote together was something we ended up calling “Punish my Heaven”, and with that we knew that we were on a path that we up until then had only dreamed of.

Fredrik was mercilessly funny, sharp and highly intelligent, and would light up a conversation with his amazingly positive and quick witted commentary. But also, as easily, he would tear an uninformed argument or opinion apart with well articulated and thoroughly researched logic. His sense of humor and adventure would more often than not lead to epic excursions in stupidity and madness that I will forever miss.

Fredrik left the band in ’99 to focus on his family, yet he remained our biggest fan and our fiercest critic. His insights into the direction of our music was invaluable and knowing that he always listened and cared about what he had been part of creating meant the world to us.

A recent story, that speaks volumes about his personality, is when we launched the album “Moment” with a streamed concert in 2020. For weeks ahead of the release, Fredrik was on our Facebook page making sure that those who did not have access to a credit card or simply could not afford it would be able to see the show as well. By personally paying a ticket for those who weren’t able to, Fredrik made sure that no-one was left without. That’s who he was.

Having known about his cancer battle for almost three years and having dealt with the fact that this day would eventually come doesn’t make it any less real. We all still feel it. And we always will.

Living without you in this world will be radically different and not even close to as interesting and curiously fun as it has been with you in it. On behalf of the entire Dark Tranquillity family, we love you Fredrik and we will miss you forever.

We start our US tour today and by playing the songs that Fredrik wrote and helped create we aim to keep his name and musical legacy alive. He was one of us and we love him.

”It is what it is, and what will be will be” as Fredrik used to say might serve as a reminder that our time here is nothing but temporary and we should make the most of the beautiful personal connections we have and treasure the people that we have surrounded us with.

Tons of love from all of us to Fredrik‘s wife and three daughters.

Mikael Stanne and all of Dark Tranquillity
#fuckcancer”

Dark Tranquillity Cancel Canadian Dates On Upcoming Tour With Kataklysm & Nailed To Obscurity, Announce New U.S. Shows

Dark Tranquillity have cancelled the Canadian dates on their upcoming North American tour with Kataklysm and Nailed To Obscurity. With this news, the band have also booked new dates in Fort Wayne, IN and Cudahy, WI.

Dark Tranquillity commented:

“We are very sad announcing that due to the Covid restrictions in Canada we are not able to do our shows in Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Things are moving fast and just after recording this video we got news that Vancouver also need to be cancelled this time around.

We are extremely frustrated since Canada is one of our favourite places on earth to perform. We will make sure to come back and do this properly as soon as possible.

This creates a gap in our schedule and we have been offered to do the following shows instead:

Feb 03 – Fort Wayne
Feb 04 – Cudahy

The rest of the tour is unaffected
All ticket details available at darktranquillity.com

Tour Dates:

01/28 Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents
01/29 Reading, PA – Reverb
01/30 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/01 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
02/03 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
02/04 Cudahy, WI – X-Ray Arcade
02/05 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
02/06 Chicago, IL – Metro
02/08 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
02/09 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
02/10 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
02/11 Salt Lake City, UT – Soundwell
02/13 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
02/15 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/17 San Francisco, CA – August Hall
02/18 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
02/19 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
02/20 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
02/21 Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theatre
02/23 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
02/24 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
02/25 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
02/26 Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s Live
02/28 Winter Park, FL – The Haven
03/01 West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street
03/02 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
03/03 Atlanta, GA – Heaven at The Masquerade
03/04 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
03/05 Columbus, OH – The King of Clubs
03/06 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
03/07 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
03/08 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
03/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse Stage & Grill
03/11 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
03/12 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre

Dark Tranquillity Announce 2022 North American Tour With Kataklysm & Nailed To Obscurity

Dark Tranquillity have announced a 2022 North American tour. Kataklysm and Nailed To Obscurity will open.

Tour Dates:

01/28 Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents
01/29 Reading, PA – Reverb
01/30 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/01 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
02/02 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
02/03 Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
02/04 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
02/05 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
02/06 Chicago, IL – Metro
02/08 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
02/09 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
02/10 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
02/11 Salt Lake City, UT – Soundwell
02/13 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
02/14 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
02/15 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/17 San Francisco, CA – August Hall
02/18 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
02/19 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
02/20 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
02/21 Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theatre
02/23 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
02/24 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
02/25 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
02/26 Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s Live
02/28 Winter Park, FL – The Haven
03/01 West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street
03/02 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
03/03 Atlanta, GA – Heaven at The Masquerade
03/04 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
03/05 Columbus, OH – The King of Clubs
03/06 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
03/07 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
03/08 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
03/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse Stage & Grill
03/11 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
03/12 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre

Anders Iwers Issues New Statement Regarding His Departure From Dark Tranquillity

As previously reported, Dark Tranquillity recently parted ways with drummer Anders Jivarp and bassist Anders Iwers. Now, Iwers has issued a new statement regarding his departure from the band.

Iwers said the following:

“Hello friends. I took some time off from social media after my decision to leave the band was made public. In light of recent social media activities I think I may need to address this matter a little.

I was not fired from DT. I quit before the summer, but we decided to wait a bit until we posted it officially.

My decision to leave Dark Tranquillity after six years was not made in haste, or in affect.

These last 18 months or so during the pandemic was rather hard for me, on many levels, and it made me think and reflect really hard on my place in life, and who I really am. I came to the conclusion that who I am is not decided by how many people I get to play in front of. And it is not decided by what or with who I play.

I will always play. Music is not a choice for me.

I have known and loved the DT-guys for over 30 years and they are family to me. Yes, we had our differences, musically and personally. Doesn’t matter, people are different. I consider them brothers in all but blood. This of course includes Anders Jivarp, who was still in the band when I left. Most of our crew I have known for over ten years. Also family who I would take a bullet for.

To make it very easy to understand, I was done. In my soul, I did not have the urge anymore. Seeing the touring plans made me realize that I don’t want to be away from my family for that long anymore. So when that became clear to me, the decision was easy. And very hard. But inside, I know I made the right call. Though I don’t regret a single moment spent with DT.

I will continue to support them. Always.”

Ensiferum Premiere “Run From The Crushing Tide” Video, Announce Co-Headlining European/UK Tour With Dark Tranquillity

Ensiferum have premiered a new video for their song “Run From The Crushing Tide.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Thalassic.”

In other news, the band have also announced a co-headlining European/UK tour with Dark Tranquillity:

04/01 – Stockholm, Sweden – Slaktkyrka
04/02 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
04/03 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
04/05 – London, England – Heaven
04/06 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy
04/07 – Manchester, England – Club Academy
04/08 – Birmingham, England – Asylum
04/09 – Durbuy, Belgium – Durbuy Rock Festival
04/10 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje
04/11 – Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat
04/12 – Siegburg, Germany – Kubana
04/13 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
04/14 – Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser
04/15 – Berlin, Germany – Orwo Haus
04/16 – Prague, Czech Republic – Meet Factory
04/17 – Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra
04/18 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk
04/19 – Salzburg, Austria – Rockhouse
04/20 – Wien, Austria – Simm City
04/22 – Lichtenfels, Germany – Ragnarög Festival
04/20 – Schapen, Germany – Mosh’N’ May-Festival
04/24 – Paris, France – L’Elysee Monmatre
04/25 – Audincourt, France – Le Moloco
04/26 – Stuttgart, Germany – LKA / Longhorn
04/27 – Grenoble, France – La Belle Electrique
04/28 – Istres, France – L’Usine
04/29 – Barcelona, Spain – Salamandra
04/30 – Sevilla, Spain – Custom
05/01 – Madrid, Spain – Kapital
05/02 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
05/03 – Bordeaux, France – Barbey Theater
05/04 – Nantes, France – Warehouse
05/05 – Metz, France – LA B.A.M.
05/06 – Orbe, Switzerland – Le Puisoir
05/07 – Luzern, Switzerland – Schüür
05/08 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
05/09 – Padova, Italy – Hall
05/10 – Rome, Italy – Orion
05/12 – Athens, Greece – Fuzz Live Music Club
05/13 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal Club Theater
05/14 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Club Joy Station
05/15 – Bucharest, Romania – Arelene Romane
05/16 – Cluj-Napoca, România – Form Space
05/17 – Warsaw, Poland – Proxima
05/18 – Gdansk, Poland – B90
05/19 – Vilnius, Lithuania – Vakaris Club
05/20 – Riga, Latvia – Melna Piektdiena
05/21 – Tallinn, Estonia – Tapper
05/22 – Helsinki, Finland – Vanha Ylioppilastalo (no Ensiferum)
05/23 – Jyväskylä, Finland – Lutakko (no Ensiferum)
05/24 – Oulu, Finland – Club Teatria (no Ensiferum)
05/26 – Göteborg, Sweden – Pustervik
05/27 – Göteborg, Sweden – Pustervik

Dark Tranquillity Part Ways With Drummer And Bassist

Dark Tranquillity have parted ways with drummer Anders Jivarp and bassist Anders Iwers. Joakim Strandberg Nilsson (In Mourning, Wolves Within) and Christian Jansson (Grand Cadaver, Pagandom) will be filling in during the band’s upcoming shows.

Frontman Mikael Stanne commented:

“Times have truly changed.

This last year and a half has been challenging to say the least, and we’ve all had time to think over our decisions and motivations in all aspects of life. When removed from what you take for granted, it becomes clear that you realize what is truly important in life. And this is different for everybody.

Anders Jivarp and Anders Iwers have decided to move on to other things and not be a part of the band anymore.

These are two of the most amazing, loyal and dedicated friends and musicians you could ever find and as sad as we are seeing them go, we know that if passion leads you elsewhere you should follow it.

Anders Jivarp has of course been there from the very beginning, being instrumental in creating the sound that eventually became our own. His songs are some of our most beloved and with the exception of one insane evening in Istanbul 20 years ago he has played every single show since the band’s inception. We’re excited to hear what will come out of Anders’ future musical projects.

Anders Iwers has been with us for the last six years but since we have known each other from the very early days of the band it felt like he had always been there. He played on our two latest records, not to mention being an integral part of our live shows.

We love you guys so much and we wish you the absolute best in everything that you do.”

Dark Tranquillity Win Swedish Grammis Award For “Moment”

Dark Tranquillity have officially won a Swedish Grammis Award in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal” category for their latest album “Moment.“ Mikael Stanne commented:

“We are greatly humbled and thankful for having won this year’s Grammis award. Having released an album during this very tumultuous time has been a challenge to say the least but getting the recognition from the Grammis jury meant the world to us. Being in the company of the amazing other nominees Necrophobic, Lucifer, Vampire and Hällas sure didn’t hurt either. This was a great boost of positivity and love that will drive us forward now that we are finally starting to get back to normalcy again. Can’t wait to see you all very soon. Cheers!”

Dark Tranquillity Premiere “Eyes Of The World” Video

Dark Tranquillity have premiered a new video for their song “Eyes Of The World.” That track is from the band’s new album “Moment,” which was released today (November 20). The clip was filmed at the Stora Teatern in Gothenburg, Sweden. As previously reported, the group will be performing “Moment” in full during a livestream concert at the same venue tomorrow (November 21).

Dark Tranquillity To Perform New Album “Moment” In Full During Upcoming Livestream Concert

Dark Tranquillity will be celebrating the release of their new album “Moment” (out November 20) by performing it in full during a livestream concert on November 21. The virtual event will take place at the Stora Teatern in Gothenburg, Sweden and tickets can be found HERE.

Mikael Stanne commented:

“We are thrilled to announce that we are doing a show! We will be performing our new album in it’s entirety the day after it’s release straight from Storan here in the heart of Gothenburg. And we want you all to join us via the stream.

This of course is the weirdest time we as a band have been through and to release an album without going out around the world to play it is nothing short of heartbreaking. But knowing that you guys are at home, staying safe and turning our stream up to the appropriate metal levels will let us know that you’re out there and will make this night truly special for us.

This being as close as we can physically get to you all this year we aim to make the most of it. We have a full production show prepared for you on the most beautiful stage in the city and having you with us through the technical magic of streaming means the world to us. Enjoy the show and we hope to see you all very, very soon.

Mikael/Dark Tranquillity“

Dark Tranquillity Premiere “The Dark Unbroken” Video

Dark Tranquillity have premiered a new video for their new song “The Dark Unbroken.” This track is from the band’s new album “Moment,” which will be released on November 20. The group commented:

“Filmed in the heart of Gothenburg with renowned TV/film director Erik Eger (‘Thicker Than Water‘, ‘One Hundred Years Of Evil‘) ‘The Dark Unbroken‘ shows the city as we’ve seen it this year and it reflects our longing to be back on a stage together. Shot in part at the beautiful Stora Teatern that has stood in the center of town since 1859, this serves as a transition to our up – coming streamed live show from the very same stage on the 21st of November. More info on this to follow, until then, enjoy ‘The Dark Unbroken‘!”